HC Deb 05 February 1976 vol 904 cc753-4W
Sir A. Broughton

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the current numbers of unemployed in Batley and Morley, respectively; what percentage of local working populations these numbers represent; and how these percentages compared with that of the national average.

Mr. John Fraser

At January 1976 the numbers unemployed in Batley and Morley employment office areas were 1,007 and 752 respectively. Percentage rates of unemployment can be calculated for travel-to-work areas as a whole but not separately for their constituent parts. The rate for the Dewsbury travel-to-work area, which includes Batley, was 5.3 per cent. and for the Leeds travel-to-work area, which includes Morley, 5.5 per cent. The rate for Great Britain was 6 per cent.

Rates of unemployment are calculated by expressing the number unemployed as a percentage of the estimated number of employees, including the unemployed.